By Sarrah Peters
Attalla is hosting the annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Attalla.
The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is free.
Heritage Day has been held for 28 years and draws big crowds.
“We usually have, if the weather is pretty, 12 to 14,000 people attend,” said Lisa Spears, the Heritage Day co-chairman.
Heritage day is full of music of all types, such as big band, motown, zydeco, gospel and southern rock, and has three stages: the Buffalo Rock stage, the Sponsors stage and the Variety stage.
“We have a little bit of everything,” said Spears.
On the Buffalo Rock stage there will be a welcome by the mayor, an opening prayer, the national anthem and a flag presentation from 8:50 –to 9 a.m. From 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. the Etowah High School Band will perform. At 10 until 11 a.m., the Kings of Swing will take the stage. Bill Avery and The Uptown Band will perform from 12 to 2 p.m. Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas will perform last at 2:30 to 5 p.m.
On the Sponsors stage EHS Singers will perform from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Strut USA will perform from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Teddie Cox will perform from 12 to 12:45 p.m., Lacey Malyn will perform from 1 to 2 p.m., RPM will perform from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and Roscoe will perform from 4 to 5 p.m.
On the Variety stage Southridge will perform from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m., StarPower will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Vintage Gray will perform from 1 to 2:45 p.m. and Wise Choice Entertainment will perform from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.
In addition to music, there will also be about 100 food and crafts vendors. Food vendors will carry all the favorite fair foods, including barbecue, cheesesteaks, funnel cakes, ice cream and snow cones. Craft vendors will sell t-shirts, jewelry, palette art, painted gourds and many fall and holiday items.
There will be an open car show. Registration is $20. With registration, participants are eligible to win money from a $1000 money tree and receive door prizes.
For kids, there will be a children’s area with free small carnival rides, inflatables, face painting and rock climbing.
“Everybody loves it,” said Spears. “It’s really good family entertainment.”
For more information, call Lisa Spears at 256-538-9266 or visit attallacity.com/community/attalla-heritage-day.